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Luxury Safari Holidays in The Okavango Delta

When the Okavango River spills not into a lake or sea, but a 7,000 square mile section of the Kalahari Desert, an extraordinary landscape teeming with big game is created. The words luxury and safari spring to mind.

Original Travel has visited all the exclusive luxury camps found on the edge of lagoons or tucked beside the waterways, and each offers a spectacular Okavango Delta safari holiday experience. The camps invariably accommodate only a small number of guests at any one time, ensuring an intimate and personal atmosphere, and each offers something slightly different in terms of wildlife, scenery and activities: some areas are renowned for their high concentration of predators; others offer a blend of desert aridity and floodplains.

One or two luxury camps offer extraordinary elephant safaris, where guests can explore the Okavango by walking with these remarkable and intelligent creatures - a truly unique and memorable experience.

Another camp offers horseback safaris - also a great way of seeing this unique landscape.

Mobile safaris are also a wonderful option to explore the region, the camp moves with the game, comfort is not compromised and the intellectual journey is continued with same guides throughout the trip.

Depending on the season, game-viewing is also conducted by 4x4 vehicles and guided walks, while during the annual floods, the narrow waterways of the delta are best explored by traditional mokoro dugout canoes with experienced guides pointing out the abundant wildlife, from fish eagles circling above to buffalo drinking at the water's edge.

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A Note on Price

Skinted: a three night safari in the Makigadikgadi Pans and three in the Delta (low season), plus international flights, will cost you around £6,000. Minted: a ten-day luxury safari holiday consisting of three nights in the Pans, three nights in the Delta and three nights further north, in the Linyanti, will cost more like £12,000.

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